Department of Highways, District 11
GOVERNOR ERNIE FLETCHER AWARDS $1,440 TO THE CITY OF MIDDLESBORO City of Middlesboro to receive new Drainage Structure

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 02, 2006  
Contact Information:  SANDY RUDDER
(606) 598-2145

MANCHESTER, KY –(June 1, 2006)—Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are taking action to make an emergency upgrade to a Bell County Highway.  Emergency funds totaling $1,440 have been authorized to the City of Middlesboro for improvements to Main Street (19th street). A storm drain pipe has collapsed beneath KY 2097, Main Street (19th street) which is the state truck route through Middlesboro.  The authorization of these funds will allow the city to replace a drainage structure by constructing a new storm outlet drain.   The project consists of installing a new pipe leading directly to the Canal, bypassing the damaged section of storm drain and preventing water build up by providing a more direct flow. 

 “By awarding this money to the City of Middlesboro we are fulfilling the administration’s primary mission which is to improve economic development and the quality of life for the citizens of the Commonwealth,” said Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert, “Allocating funds for emergencies such as this drainage structure reflect our commitment to the traveling public.  Kentucky’s motorists can rest assured they are driving on safe, reliable roads.”

 “I want to recognize and give special thanks to Mayor Ben Hickman and the Middlesboro City Council for their dedication and commitment to this project. This project will serve the residents of Middlesboro by providing them with safe and efficient access to the downtown area,” stated Greene L. Keith, Chief District Engineer for District Eleven.
A check will be issued directly to The City of Middlesboro who will be responsible for all phases of the project.

These type funds were created by federal legislation in 1991 to offer states funding opportunities to expand transportation choices and increase recreational access.  Communities may also use TE funds to contribute toward the revitalization of local and regional economies by restoring historic buildings, renovating streetscapes or providing transportation museums and visitors centers.

 This project should not impact traffic flow as the major construction will be adjacent to the roadway.  However, with the start of construction, motorists may want to seek alternate routes to avoid this area if possible.